Maple Metal Records presents: "Xmas Metal Massacre"
Hard Luck Bar
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Show review written by: Alex Stojanovic
Photography from: Navneet Johal
Published: December 30, 2013
BURNING THE DAY
WILL OF THE ANCIENTS
* Karkaos were not able to make this gig
** Will of the Ancients were added after the creation of the event poster
With 2013 coming to an end, Christmas parties are starting to happen all over the place, but the Maple Metal Records Promotion show at the Hard Luck Bar on December 7th was a Christmas party for headbangers. The show featured a great roster of local bands signed to Maple Metal Records and a couple of unsigned bands. Bands that played included Primalfrost, Endemise, Eclipse Prophecy, Nordheim, Burning The Day and Will Of The Ancients.
The first two bands, Primalfrost and Endemise brought their brand of melodic death and black metal. The two bands sounded quite similar, so they did have a tough time holding my interest during their sets. While I like black metal, there's not much musical originality in black metal anymore, and the same can be said for various other subgenres.
Eclipse Prophecy was more of a power metal act, whose sound was in the style of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian and HammerFall. The band are promoting their debut album Days Of Judgement released last year. Eclipse Prophecy is a band that has had the opportunity of opening for several of the power metal masters such as Gamma Ray, Rhapsody, Stratovarius, Helloween and Blind Guardian. Vocalist David McGregor surprised everyone with an astonishing vocal performance with high notes akin to Rob Halford and power vocals akin to Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian. They had to be my favourite band of the night.
Nordheim were the definite party metallers. They had the longest set of the night which consisted of 11 songs, which seemed a little odd because they weren't the headlining band. The band faced a few sound problems during their first two or three songs, but delivered a fun-filled performance along with a wicked sense of humour. Nordheim certainly had the strongest reaction of the night. 4 out of the 5 members were shirtless, and the crowd was chanting for the guitarist to take his shirt off. Nordheim was the more diverse band of the night where they had different songs in different styles from pagan metal to thrash metal to black metal to death metal. Nordheim definitely deserves more recognition.
Toronto deathcore act Burning The Day struggled to hold my interest. I'm not a huge deathcore listener. There's only a handful of deathcore bands I really like, but Burning The Day didn't really have anything special to offer.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to stick around for the final band Will Of The Ancients due to us having to catch the last trains home, but we managed to stick around for just the first song, and from what we heard in the one song, Will Of The Ancients' set would have been cool to see in full. There's always next time. Even though only two bands managed to hold my interest all the way through their sets, I had a fun night. I wish all the bands the best in their futures.